SALISBURY - Sidney Alfred Blume, 79, passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at his residence.
Born May 3, 1930, in Rowan County, he was the son of the late Charlie Blume and Amy Benson Blume.
Mr. Blume was educated in Rowan County Schools. He retired from Duke Power as a supervisor in coal handling at the Marshal Steam Plant. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.
Sid played professional baseball for the minor league Salisbury Pirates, farm team for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1950-51. He was forced to retire following an injury to his pitching arm. He later coached the Spencer Jaycees Little League for many years, and then coached the Spencer Babe Ruth League. Sid was also an avid hunter, always looking or the larger buck every season. He enjoyed golf in earlier years and surf fishing. Most of all he was the number one Yankees fan.
Sid was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed nothing more than being surrounded by his family and friends. Whether it was a special occasion or one of Betty's wonderful family dinners, he loved watching and playing with his younger grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Scotty Blume; and brother, Bill Blume.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Lyerly Blume, whom he married Dec. 10, 1949; sons, Mike (Susan) Blume of Salisbury, Monty (Laura) Blume of Kannapolis; daughter, Sherry Blume of Salisbury; sister, Charlotte Ann Robinette of Cornelius; grandchildren, Bradley (Susan) Blume of Landis, Nicole Blume Hansel (Tony) of Washington, D.C., Brock (Natalia) Blume of Wilmington, Garrett Blume of Salisbury, Carlie, Samantha and Matthew Blume of Kannapolis; great-grandchildren, Abby, Anna and Ava Blume of Landis, Olivia Hansel and Baby Girl Hansel due in Sept.; a number of nephews and one niece; his beloved beagle, Casey, who loved to ride with Sid in his truck; and Tigger, the cat who never left his side.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10 at Lyerly Funeral Home.
Service and Burial: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bethel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Julie O'Neal officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations to be made to Spencer Little League, P.O. Box 295, Spencer, NC 28159 or Bethel United Methodist Church, 2380 Long Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC 28146.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Atlee Johnson of Salisbury Urology Clinic and his staff for their understanding and compassionate care. We also extend our thanks and appreciation to Dr. John Kribbs of Rowan Family Physicians and his staff. The family also expresses "special thank you" to their "other daughter" Elaine Morgan-Reid for all her support and care, because without her, we don't know what we would have done.
Lyerly Funeral Home is assisting the Blume family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.